Drogheda United manager Johnny McDonnell: his side have taken just short of half of the 21 points they currently have thanks to three wins and a draw in their last four games. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Stephen Kenny’s side have the opportunity to go six points clear at the top of the table

Ryan Swan celebrates opening the scoring for UCD in their Europa League first qualifying round first leg against F91 Dudelange at  UCD Bowl. Photograph:   Dan Sheridan/Inpho

F91 Dudelange dominate first half but Students dig in for Europa League qualifier first leg win

Cork City’s Billy Dennehy was on the mark against Derry in team’s last outing. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

John Caulfield says his side are ready to pounce on any complacency in KR Reykjavik

St Patrick’s Athletic’s Ger O’Brien: “The lads have been playing well lately. It’s been good, we’ve scored a few, created a lot of chances and not conceded too many.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Liam Buckley’s side in good form as they begin their European adventure in Latvia

UCD’s Chris Mulhall who will be in action etc Photograph: Inpho

Students entertain F91 Dudelange of Luxembourg in first leg

Peter Cassells: “There was actually a point where Dick Spring asked for that Monday to be declared a public holiday but Charlie Haughey basically told him to go to hell.”

Bosses had no choice but to be more flexible, remembers Peter Cassells

Jack Charlton with Arnold O’Byrne (left) and Brian Lenihan.

Jack Charlton was ready to quit over sponsorship row with players

Niall Quinn of Ireland scores the qualiser past Hans Van Breukelen of Holland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Quinn’s equaliser totally transformed Something Happens’ gig in the US

Charles  Haughey walks towards the fans after the Republic of Ireland’s defeat to Italy in Rome. “I didn’t go on that trip no but he took a whole lot of people, including a lot of opposition people; he took Alan Dukes, I think, and De Rossa, they all went out on the government jet. It was a big story at the time.”

PJ Mara recalls how the European Council was delayed as more important matters set the agenda

Packie Bonner makes his save during the shootout against Romania. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

‘I felt that it was important for us to get off to a good start, so as soon as the whistle went I said to the lads, I’ll take the (...)

John Delaney speaks to the press after Ireland’s playoff defeat to France which saw Thierry Henry’s handball and lead to a €5 million Fifa payment to the FAI. Photo: Dara Mac Donaill

The FAI’s turnover for last year is up slightly, to €38 million from €36.6 million

Shamrock Rovers manager Pat Fenlon: brings his side to Galway, then to Luxembourg for a Europa League tie on Tuesday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Shamrock Rovers facing a particularly pressing schedule

Ireland players have rubbished suggestions made in an Argentinian newspaper that they were paid $10,000 each in return for Lionel Messi emerging from 2010’s friendly game at the Aviva unscathed. Photograph: Getty

Argentinian newspaper claims Irish players were paid $10,000 not to injure Messi in 2010 friendly

Dundalk player Daryl Horgan was presented with the SSE Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month award for May on Tuesday.  Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Dundalk midfielder (22) winning the award makes it a three in a row for the club

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny secured Champions League success over BATE Borisov during his time with Bohemians. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Manager was in charge at Bohemians when they knocked out Belarusian side

James McClean heads a late chance wide as Ireland desperately searched for a winner against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Martin O’Neill’s optimism rings hollow after lack of guile allows Scots to earn point

Republic of Ireland defender John O’Shea at the final whistle of the Euro 2016 qualifying game against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Veteran defender says next two games are now must-win matches

Jonathan Walters celebrates after giving the Republic of Ireland a 1-0 lead in the Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium. Photo:   Cathal Noonan/Inpho

John O’Shea own goal at the beginning of the second half wipes out Jon Walters’s goal

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and his Scottish counterpart Gordon Strachan during the Euro 2016 qualifier at Celtic Park last November. Photograph: Getty

If key players fail to perform again Ireland can forget about going to France 2016

Martin O’Neill says Robbie Keane will decide on his involvement ahead of Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

Martin O’Neill says Keane trained again despite family suffering double tragedy

James McClean answers reporters’ questions yesterday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Sour times may be over for the Wigan winger if O’Neill starts him tomorrow

Roy Keane at Ireland’s training ground in Malahide yesterday: “We’re not daft, we know what’s at stake but we’re ready for it.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Corkman is adamant Ireland have what it takes to come out on top this time

Robbie Keane took full part in Ireland training on Friday despite the death of his cousin on Thursday. Photograph: Inpho

Keane recovered from groin injury but there are question marks over his match fitness

“I like the big games and the expectation and hopefully I can put in a good performance at the weekend and show it,” says Ireland’s Robbie Brady ahead of Scotland game. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Republic of Ireland left back looking to emulate the exploits of Ian Harte

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill addresses the assembled media at Gannon Park, Malahide. “It’s up to us to win. I’m not minimising the importance of the game.” Photo: Cathal Noonan/INpho

Manager hoping Robbie Brady’s deliveries will pose problems for the visitors

Martin O’Neill speaks to the press ahead of Ireland’s crucial qualifier against Scotland this Saturday. Photo: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter manager’s main concern ahead of qualifier

Conor McNamara in Porto Alegre during last summer’s World Cup: ‘I used to feel intimidated but when you’ve been around long enough, longer than almost all of the managers, you kind of start to feel,yeah, this is my domain.’

Even as a child BBC commentator preferred relaying the action

FAI chief executive John Delaney: remains at the centre of a  storm over the controversial deal with Fifa. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Chief executive Stewart Regan describes the basis of the €5m payout as ‘ludicrous’

James Cottle, organiser of the Docklands 5k, runs along the quays in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

From disgruntled residents to traffic-cone hire, race director James Cottle is finally on the home run

 Paul McShane in action against England’s Jamie Vardy  during the international friendly game at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Defender says Republic will be firing on all cylinders against Scotland

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill answers questions from the media at a squad training session at Gannon Park in Malahide. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Squad takes break from training as Martin O’Neill considers Saturday’s line-up

FAI chief executive John Delaney with his partner Emma English at the Ireland-England game at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

FAI received €10m loan from Uefa in 2013, €8.5m of which remains outstanding

Ireland’s Robbie Brady gets between Raheem Sterling and the ball at the Aviva Stadium yesterday. Photograph:  Lee Smith/Reuters

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling under Hull man’s thumb in Aviva stalemate

Republic of Ireland striker  Daryl Murphy heads at goal during the friendly international against England at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Eddie Keogh/Reuters/Livepic

Martin O’Neill’s side with the best of the few chances created at the Aviva

Jonathan Walters tussles for the ball with Ryan Bertrand. Photo: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

The Stoke player praised Robbie Brady’s deliveries

Former Republic of Ireland manager  Giovanni Trapattoni. Photo:  Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters

‘I just know that when he gave me his hand, I did not give mine because I do not have two faces’

John O’Shea has said the only redress the players would have been interested in after Ireland’s controversial elimination by France in Paris six years ago would have been another game, not any share of €5 million secured by the FAI from Fifa during the weeks that followed. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO.

Sunderland defender says ‘important thing is FAI has been as open as possible about what happened’

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill during a squad training session at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

All that other stuff happening off the pitch is of no concern to the Corkman

John Delaney said the compensation was agreed on the basis of Fifa’s “real concerns” over the strength of the FAI’s legal claim. Photograph: Inpho

Legal claim based on seedings and Blatter’s mockery, says FAI chief executive

French defender William Gallas scores  the decisive goal against Ireland in the World Cup 2010 qualifying play-off in Paris. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

FAI release documents covering €5million Fifa payoff

The payment from Fifa followed the Republic of Ireland’s extra-time play-off defeat to France in Paris when Thierry Henry intentionally handled the ball in the build-up to the game’s decisive goal. Photograph: Getty Images

No specific record in FAI accounts of money handed over by world soccer governing body

Republic of Ireland full-back Stephen Wrad has won 29 international caps since his debut against Northern Ireland in May 2011. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/ Inpho.

Full-back out for redress after difficult season at Burnley with relegation and injury

France captain Thierry Henry handles the ball ahead of William Gallas’s goal which knocked Ireland out of World Cup 2010 qualification during the play-off in Paris in 2009. Photograph: Reuters.

Avoiding legal dispute on the back of Thierry Henry’s handball given as reason for ‘legitimate agreement’

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill talks to his players during squad training at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Informal game aimed at English Championship players’ fitness levels

Marc Wilson shadows Harry Arter during the Republic of Ireland’s  training session at Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images.

Ahead of Sunday week’s clash defender keeps repeating three points mantra

John Delaney is backing Michel Platini to replace Sepp Blatter. Photo: EPA

‘We’re not finished yet because the FBI will not stop their investigation’

Fifa president Sepp Blatter exits the federation’s top job. Photograph: EPA

Federation chief concludes turbulent 17-year reign at hastily convened press conference

 Republic of Ireland and Everton midfielder Aiden McGeady, pictured   at the FAI Future Football programme launch with Tadhg Scanlon, Rachel and Sarah Fitzmaurice, Callum Carroll, Isobel O’Kane, Evan O’Kane and Conor Scanlon, hopes to end his season on a high with victory over Scotland. Photograph: David Maher/Sportsfile

Everton and Ireland player looking forward to the chance to end the season on a high

Harry Arter sat out Irish training ahead of the England friendly. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O’Neill’s squad update ahead of Sunday’s friendly with England

Sepp Blatter’s fifth term as Fifa president has lasted just four days with the 79-year-old announcing that he is to resign. Photograph: Getty Images

Swiss chief will not actually depart football’s top job for at least six months

Jeff Hendrick, Harry Arter and Seamus Coleman during training at a cold Gannon Park in Malahide yesterday. Photo: Donall Farmer/Ipho

Republic’s boss says players will relish taking on England and then Scotland

Daryl Murphy: “I was delighted to get back in the squad after being out so long.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ipswich striker credits Ireland recall from O’Neill with kickstarting his run of form

Republic of Ireland squad training at Malahide ahead of the upcoming England friendly. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Northerner hopes enough time had passed to make the 1995 riot an irrelevance

Set for the Airtricity League? Damien Duff at the Beacon Hospital,   Dublin, on Sunday at the launch of a sports medicine initiative by    the hospital in association with First Ireland. Photograph: David Maher/Sportsfile

At same Dublin event, John O’Shea insists Ireland can deliver victory over Scotland

Falling off football’s merry-go-round

Veteran Fifa president Sepp Blatter shakes hands with Uefa president Michel Platini after being re-elected on Friday. Photograph: Getty Images

English FA supremo Greg Dyke again raises prospect of a European World Cup boycott

Dalymount Park: Inpho

Ground to become a major public amenity for the Phibsborough area

Killian Brennan of St Patrick’s Athletic  battles with  Stephen McPhail of Shamrock Rovers during the  FAI  Cup second round match at  Richmond Park. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Goals from Conan Byrne and Jason McGuinness puts an end to Rovers’ hope of 25th title

Fifa president Sepp Blatter arrives at the 65th Fifa congress in Zurich, Switzerland where he  is expected to be re-elected  despite growing calls for his resignation amid a corruption scandal that has engulfed the sport’s governing body. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

Michel Platini’s intervention not enough to thwart president’s bid for fifth term

UEFA president Michel Platini addresses a news conference in Zurich. ‘Platini made the case that the only way he [Blatter] could be removed is by votes or by court action.’  Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters.

Prince Ali and his supporters claim to have 60 votes from outside Europe

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has been instructed, along with all Fifa’s Swiss employees, not to leave the jurisdiction until told otherwise. Photograph: Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images

The decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar may have been tipping point

Sepp Blatter: Still has the upper hand in his battle to stay on top of world football’s governing body. Photograph: Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images

The Fifa president’s ability to stay cool under fire is once again on show

FAI chief John Delaney: “There is always controversy around Fifa and its decision and its governance and the one person who has always been at the head of that for a long time is Sepp Blatter.” Photograph: Arthur Carron/Collins

Delaney hints at possible boycott of tournaments if Sepp Blatter doesn’t step down

FIFA officials are escorted out behind sheets following their arrests by Swiss authorities at the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich on Wednesday. The US has filed federal charges alleging corruption over two decades. Photograph: Pascal Mora/The New York Times

Suspects face 47 criminal counts for accepting bribes of more than $150m

FAI chief John Delaney was contacted the Irish Congress of Trade Unions general secretary Patricia King over the treatment of labourers in Qatar building the facilities for the 2022 World Cup. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ictu calls for ‘discrimination’ and ‘slavery’ of workers to be addressed

FAI chief John Delaney: “Blatter has had a hell of a run at it. But surely he knows . . . that outside of the voting chambers that the world, the football public, the players and supporters want change.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

FAI chief calls for change in Fifa and praises Michel Platini’s openness to new ideas

Daryl Horgan (far right)   celebrates scoring his and Dundalk’s first goal in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division game against St Patrick’s  Athletic at Richmond Park. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

St Patrick’s Athletic defender Kenny Browne sent off in first half

Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish: “At this young age, he’s showing the qualities that will make him a very good future international player,” said England manager Roy Hodgson. . Photo:  Nick Potts/PA

England boss says Aston Villa midfielder should be allowed decide his own future

Christy Fagan returns to the St Patrick’s Athletic squad for the game against Dundalk at Richmond Park. Photo:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cork City boss John Caulfield predicts tight game with Shamrock Rovers

England manager Roy Hodgson says Jack Grealish is on his radar. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

‘As far as I’m concerned it’s got to be Jack’s decision’

Midfielder set to leave Wigan and believes Grealish should be left to make own choice

Charlie Adam has been in  a rich vein of goalscoring form for Stoke. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Stoke midfielder earns reward for good form, with Celtic’s Leigh Griffith’s also called up

Tommy Dunne pictured with St Patrick’s Athletic captain Ger O’Brien after the club’s FAI Cup victory over Derry City last season. Photo courtesy of St Patrick’s Athletic

Popular defender captained St Patrick’s Athletic to two FAI Cup titles

Cork City hope to have Ross Gaynor back from injury for their trip to Limerick. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

John Caulfield is without two of his regular back four as they aim to close gap to Dundalk

Shane McEleney of Derry City challenges for the ball with David McMillan of Dundalk during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match at Oriel Park. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Champions open gap to seven points again after tame affair at Oriel Park

Richie Towell has scored 10 goals for league leaders Dundalk so far this season. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile.

Prolific scoring puts genial midfielder ahead of the pack for monthly player award

St Patrick’s Athletic manager Pat Fenlon would have been disappointed with his side’s SSE Airtricity League Premier Division draw with Shamrock Rovers on Monday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Manager Liam Buckley feels Dublin side not given enough credit for unbeaten run

Sligo Rovers celebrate their Setanta  Setanta Sports Cup Final win over Dundalk at Tallaght Stadium in May 2014. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Future of cross-Border competition in doubt unless major financial backing found

In a perfect world the desire to play for a country may be the best eligibility rule

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill speaking at the squad announcement yesterday for the games against England and Scotland. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Martin O’Neill disappointed as Grealish decides he is still not ready to commit to Ireland

Martin O’Neill has left Jack Grealish out of his Ireland squad for June’s games against England and Scotland. Photograph: Getty

Aston Villa teenager not ready to commit international future to Ireland at this stage

 St Patrick’s Athletic and Shamrock Rovers play out their 0-0 draw at Richmond Park. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dublin sides unable to make inroads into Dundalk’s lead at top of Premier Division

Roddy Collins will take over at Waterford United, who are currently bottom of the First Division.

Dubliner will succeed Tommy Griffin when he is appointed on Tuesday afternoon

Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish is challenged by James Collins of West Ham during the Premier League match at Villa Park. Photo: Stu Forster

Republic of Ireland manager likely to name extended list ahead of games against Scotland and England

Jason Byrne celebrates scoring a late winner for Bohs. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Striker notches 217th league goal of his career as Limerick fade late on

Mark Farren in action for Derry City has been battling cancer. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Battling cancer on and off for several years now but played on through much of that

Pat Fenlon: “I don’t see us as chasing anybody. We made a good start to the season and we have to make sure that run continues.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Visitors’ boss Pat Fenlon pleased with Rovers’s start to the league

Pat Fenlon will take his Shamrock Rovers side to play St Patrick’s in the second round of the FAI Cup

Rovers travel to Inchicore to face the holders looking to end their 28-year FAI Cup drought

Darren O’Dea has said he is still willing to listen to offers from overseas. Photograph: Inpho

Defender still open to offers from overseas after proving his fitness at Blackpool

Manager Eddie Howe is a lifelong Bournemouth fan and former trainee. Photograph: John Walton/PA wire

Eddie Howe was offered chance to coach after knee injury stalled playing career

Bournemouth’s Harry Arter on the ball ahead of Barry Bannan of Bolton during the English Championship match at Goldsands Stadium which Bournemouth won 3-0 and effectively gained promotion. Photograph: Getty Images.

Midfielder earned his right of Premier League status and has hopes of making debut for Ireland

Mikey Drennan celebrates after scoring for Shamrock Rovers in their  SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match against Drogheda United at   Tallaght Stadium. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Drogheda United fail to take chances to earn a point in Tallaght

Dundalk’s Richie Towell slide tackles Shamrock Rover’s Kieran Marty Waters. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Pat Fenlon’s men host Drogheda, while St Pat’s head west to face in-form Galway

Manager Tom Mohan: “The Dutch are first up and that’s all I’m thinking of.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Manager Tom Mohan confident his side can mix it with the best

Dalymount Park: Dublin City Council want to see Bohemians and Shelbourne share the  upgraded venue while Tolka Park is developed for non-sporting use. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

But significant obstacles remain in relation to Shelbourne and Tolka Park

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill: his side face England in a friendly international at the Aviva Stadium on June 7th. Photograph: Inpho

A maximum of four per customer available at two city centre stores

It’s barely a year since 19-year-old Jack Grealish was out on loan at Notts County, and Ireland under-21 manager Noel King says he is delighted to see the teenager make the most of his opportunities at Aston Villa. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Even Jack Grealish, the brightest star on the horizon for Ireland, is not guaranteed a start for his club Aston Villa

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny has overseen a record unbeaten run at Oriel Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Oriel Park victory next best thing to righting wrong suffered against Shamrock Rovers

Mikey Drennan of Shamrock  Rovers celebrates scoring his second against Dundalk in their SSE Airtricity League Premier Division atTallaght. Photography: Donall Farmer/Inpho

A frustrating night for the champions, while Dubliners may just have got out of jail

Ronan Finn in action for Dundalk. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Former Shamrock Rovers star Finn believes champions can beat anyone

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